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Gender: F Meaning of Isadora: "gift of Isis" Origin of Isadora: Greek

Why is Isabella megapopular while Isadora goes virtually ignored? Too close a tie with tragic modern dancer Isadora Duncan (born Angela Isadora), who was done in by her long flowing scarf, perhaps, or with fusty male version Isidore. But we think Isadora is well worth reevaluating as an Isabella alternative. Quirky couple singer Bjork and artist Matthew Barney did just that and named their daughter Isadora. Isidora would be an alternative, just as proper but not quite as charming spelling--the one used as the spelling of a fourth century saint's name.

Another plus is Isadora's connection to Isis, the mythological goddess of fertility and birth.

Isadora Wing was the liberated central character of Erica Jong's 1973 bestseller Fear of Flying. There is also Isadora Quagmire in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events--who was named for Isadora Duncan.

And she could share the nickname Izzy with cousin Isabella.

Famous People Named Isadora

Isadora Duncan, American dancer
Isadora Williams, American figure skater
Isadora Bjarkardottir Barney, daughter of Matthew Barney and Björk Guðmundsdottir
Leah Isadora Behn, daughter of Princess Martha Louise of Norway

Pop Culture References for the name Isadora

Isadora Wing, heroine of "Fear of Flying"
Isadora Quagmire, one of the Quagmire triplets (along with Duncan and Quigley) in "A Series of Unfortunate Events"
Isadora Smackle, character on "Girl Meets World"

Isidora, Ysadora, Izadora